Two hospital trusts in Greater Manchester have suspended some non-urgent elective care, with one also taking steps to move some cancer procedures to alternative sites, HSJ  understands.

Stockport Foundation Trust has cancelled some non-urgent day case procedures until the weekend, as it comes under increasing pressure from coronavirus. The situation will then be reassessed.

The trust was yesterday around 15 per cent occupied by covid-positive patients, but still had a handful of mechanical ventilation beds unoccupied.

Meanwhile, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Trust has also started cancelling some non-urgent care, while also having to move some cancer procedures to neighbouring providers.

The trust was said to be around 25 per cent occupied by covid positive patients yesterday, which was around the highest proportion in the country, although it also had mechanical ventilation beds still available, HSJ was told.

Chief executive Silas Nicholls said: “WWL staff are currently working to contact all patients with scheduled appointments to notify them of cancellations. If you have an appointment at the trust, please attend unless you hear otherwise.

“All urgent, emergency and cancer care will continue, as will routine appointments and outpatient services as far as possible.

It is understood that further discussions will take place in Greater Manchester today and tomorrow around the extent to which other hospitals can continue normal operations.

It follows Liverpool’s hospitals, as well as several in Yorkshire and Nottingham, cancelling routine procedures in recent days.


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